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you say fiscal responsibility, it seems to me that you
really mean rich people keeping their money.
-- Alice Adams
system of corporate life is a new power for which our
language contains no name.
We have no word to express government by moneyed corporations
-- Charles Francis Adams
goes to two poles -- to those who've got the money
and those who've got the people.
-- Saul Alinksy
is quite clear that as long as the nations of the
world spend most of their energy, money, and emotional
strength in quarreling with words and weapons, a
true offensive against the common problems that
threaten human survival is not very likely. A world
government that can channel human efforts in the
direction of the great solutions seems desirable,
even essential. Naturally, such a world government
should be a federal one, with regional and local
autonomy safeguarded and with cultural diversity
-- Isaac Asimov
community is a group of people who have come together,
and they work and they live to try and improve the
standard of living and quality of life - and I don't
-- William Baldwin
think it must be conceded that it is possible
to create a society in which the response to market
failure is not a swing to socialism, but an exacerbation
of individual efforts to stay ahead by making
and spending yet more money. Does the public health
service have long waiting lists and inadequate
facilities? Buy private insurance. Has public
transport broken down? Buy a car for each member
of the family above driving age. Has the countryside
been built over or the footpaths eradicated? Buy
some elaborate exercise machinery and work out
at home. Is air pollution intolerable? Buy an
air-filtering unit and stay indoors. Is what comes
out of the tap foul to the taste and chock-full
of carcinogens? Buy bottled water. And so on.
We know it can all happen because it has: I have
been doing little more than describing Southern
California. Now it is worth noticing two things
about the private substitutes that I have described.
The first is that in the aggregate they are probably
much more expensive than would be the implementation
of the appropriate public policy. The second is
that they are extremely poor replacements for
the missing outcomes of good public policy. Nevertheless,
it is plain that the members of a society can
become so alienated from one another, so mistrustful
of any form of collective action, that they prefer
to go it alone.
-- Brian Barry
nature is worth more than knowledge, more than money,
more than honor..."
-- Henry Ward Beecher
spoke out, committed civil disobedience, and went
to jail because the peace hangs senselessly and
precariously upon weapons costing billions to build
and billions to improve — weapons which become more
useless as we add to their destructive force. With
this money we could have fed the world's people.
Half the children on earth go to bed hungry — millions
more have retarding and stunting protein deficiencies.
Instead of building the peace by attacking injustices
like starvation, disease, illiteracy, political
and economic servitude, we spend a trillion dollars
on war since 1946, until hatred and conflict have
become the international preoccupation."
-- Daniel Berrigan
complex reasons, our culture allows "economy"
to mean only "money economy." It equates success
and even goodness with monetary profit because
it lacks any other standard of measurement. I
am no economist, but I venture to suggest that
one of the laws of such an economy is that a farmer
is worth more dead than alive. A second law is
that anything diseased is more profitable than
anything that is healthy. What is wrong with us
contributes more to the "gross national product"
than what is right with us.
its array of gadgets and machines, all powered by
energies that are destructive of land or air or
water, and connected to work, market, school, recreation,
etc., by gasoline engines, the modern home is a
veritable factory of waste and destruction. It is
the mainstay of the economy of money. But within
the economies of energy and nature, it is a catastrophe.
It takes in the world’s goods and converts them
into garbage, sewage, and noxious fumes—for none
of which have we found a use.
can spend the money on new housing for poor people
and the homeless, or you can spend it on a football
stadium or a golf course.
-- Jello Biafra
can't build hospitals or schools, you can't spend
money educating or immunizing your people, whilst
there is this burden of debt sitting on your head.
It effects the lives of about a billion people
who are living on less than a dollar a day. We're
trying to get them a fresh start... It is a moral
as well as economic imperative that we come to
their aid right now... That's what we're asking
for these poorest nations of the world - Give
them a fresh start. Cancel those old debts. Let
them get up off their knees and take care of themselves...
important lever for sustained action in tackling
poverty and reducing hunger is money.
-- Gro Harlem
everything is worth money, then money is worth nothing.
-- David Byrne
is just a word. You have to give it meaning. The
US is not a democracy. Most Americans do not vote.
We haven't had a real choice for a long, long time
now. Wealth rules. Corporations rule. The US is
a plutocracy -- government by wealthy people. Certain
people control multinational corporations. You couldn't
get elected in the US without lots of money."
-- Ramsey Clark
riches have their origin in mind. Wealth is in ideas
- not money.
-- Robert Collier
after the last tree has been cut down, only after
the last river has been poisoned, only after the
last fish has been caught, only then will you find
that money can not be eaten.
~ Cree Indian Prophecy
two globalizations. There's the globalization
of the elites, of the corporations, represented
by the World Bank, the IMF, the World Trade Organization.
That's the global state. It's a secret global
government information. There's another globalization
that's grass roots globalization. The Fair Trade
Networks, the Sister Cities, Sister Schools, Citizen
Diplomacy, the work we do at Global Exchange,
linking people up at the grass roots. That represents
majority forces. The elite globalization represents
minority forces. The elite globalization is about
making money. It's money values. The people's
globalization, the democratic mass globalization
is about life values. So you got two paradigms,
the money cycle and the life cycle and they're
-- Kevin Danaher
and corruption are ruining the land,
crooked politicians betray the working man,
pocketing the profits and treating us like sheep,
and we're tired of hearing promises that we know they'll
I groan within myself and think how hard it is to
keep writing about love in these times of tension
and strife which may, at any moment, become for
us all a time of terror, I think to myself: What
else is the world interested in? What else do we
all want, each one of us, except to love and be
loved, in our families, in our work, in all our
relationships? God is Love. Love casts out fear.
Even the most ardent revolutionist, seeking to change
the world, to overturn the tables of the money changers,
is trying to make a world where it is easier for
people to love, to stand in that relationship to
each other…There can never be enough of it."
-- Dorothy Day
work just for money. Money alone won't save your
soul or build a decent family life or help you
sleep at night. We're the richest nation on Earth,
with the highest number of imprisoned people in
the world. Our drug addictions and child poverty
are among the highest in the industrialized world.
So don't ever confuse wealth or fame with character.
do not have a money problem in America.
We have a values and priorities problem.
you as parents cut corners, your children will too.
If you lie, they will too. If you spend all your
money on yourselves and tithe no portion of it for
charities, colleges, churches, synagogues, and civic
causes, your children won't either. And if parents
snicker at racial and gender jokes, another generation
will pass on the poison adults still have not had
the courage to snuff out. -- Marian
biases the media has are much bigger than conservative
They're about getting ratings, about making money, about
doing stories that are easy to cover.
-- Al Franken
has considerably accelerated in recent years following
the dizzying expansion of communications and transport
and the equally stupefying transnational mergers
of capital. We must not confuse globalization with
“internationalism” though. We know that the human
condition is universal, that we share similar passions,
fears, needs and dreams, but this has nothing to
do with the “rubbing out” of national borders as
a result of unrestricted capital movements. One
thing is the free movement of peoples, the other
-- Eduardo Galeano
full extent of the problem of hunger is not obvious
to most of us. We see the homeless, but there are
a great number of working poor, struggling to survive,
who don't have enough money to put adequate food
on the table. We must find a solution to this ever-increasing
problem — and quickly.
-- Scott Glenn
you realize that $150 billion of our tax money
is given to the corporations, unions and wealthy
people for tax breaks, special subsidies and special
regulations? That money would be available for
health and education and building bridges. --
of the millions of young men who died fighting
for democracy. We spit on their graves when we
let democracy slip away into the sewer of illegal
Haddock (Granny D)
peace is not in power, money, or weapons, but
in deep inner peace.
-- Thich Nhat Hanh
lives are fed by kind words and gracious behavior.
We are nourished by expressions like 'excuse me'
and other such simple courtesies...Rudeness, the
absence of the sacrament of consideration, is but
another mark that our time-is-money society is lacking
in spirituality, if not also in its enjoyment of
-- Ed Hays
"To me, love, spirituality and life are all the
same thing. To me they're all about honoring the
circle, and they're just different ways of defining
the same understanding. Our society as a whole,
because we have placed our love for money above
our love for life, has devalued the sacred and
-- Julia Butterfly
believe - though I may be wrong, because I'm no
expert - that this war is about what most wars are
about: hegemony, money, power and oil.”
-- Dustin Hoffman
consumerism is about buying things we don't need,
with money we don't have, to impress friends we don't
have time for.
-- Leo Horrigan
it is true that only about 20 percent of American
workers are in unions, that 20 percent sets the
standards across the board in salaries, benefits
and working conditions. If you are making a decent
salary in a non-union company, you owe that to
the unions. One thing that corporations do not
do is give out money out of the goodness of their
hope we shall take warning from the example of
England and crush in its birth the aristocracy
of our moneyed corporations which dare already
to challenge our Government to trial and bid defiance
to the laws of our country.
-- Thomas Jefferson
we are fighting for is not just the fishes and
the birds. We protect nature not for nature's
sake but for our own sake because it's the infrastructure
of our communities, and if we want to meet the
obligations of our civilization and our culture
which are to create communities for our children
that provide them with the same opportunities
for dignity and enrichment as the communities
that our parents gave us, we've got to start by
protecting that infrastructure; the air that we
breathe, the water that we drink, the landscapes
that enrich us. We're not protecting nature for
nature's sake. We're protecting it because it
enriches us, yes, it enriches our economy and
we ignore that at our peril. But it is also enriching
us aesthetically, recreationally, culturally,
historically and spiritually. Human beings have
other appetites besides money. And if we don't
feed them, we're not going to grow up…we're not
going to become the kind of beings that our creator
intended us to become."
We are living in a science-fiction nightmare where
children are gasping for breath on bad-air days
because somebody gave money to a politician. And
my children and the kids of millions of other Americans
can no longer go fishing and eat their catch because
somebody gave money to a politician. ~ Robert
love of money as a possession--as distinguished
from the love of money as a means to the enjoyments
and realities of life--will be recognized for what
it is, a somewhat disgusting morbidity, one of those
semi-criminal, semi-pathological propensities which
one hands over with a shudder to the specialists
in mental disease
-- John Maynard Keynes
water is a necessity that we can no longer take
for granted. Each year more people die of water
related diseases than any other cause of death
on this planet. With a higher rate of suffering
and mortality than diabetes, cancer, high cholesterol,
or war; or any two combined for that matter! An
entire economy is growing around water. Those
without money are suffering the most and risk
severe illness from contaminated sources
-- Jewel Kilcher
nation that continues year after year to spend
more money on military defense than on programs
of social uplift is approaching spiritual death."
the institutions of money rule the world, it is
perhaps inevitable that the interests of money
will take precedence over the interests of people.
What we are experiencing might best be described
as a case of money colonizing life. To accept
this absurd distortion of human institutions and
purpose should be considered nothing less than
an act of collective, suicidal insanity."
-- David Korten
used deregulation to effect a series of mergers
limiting competition. In order to accelerate profits,
cost cutting ensued, involving the layoff of thousands
of utility company employees, including some who
were responsible for maintenance of generation,
transmission, and distribution systems. A number
of investor-owned utilities stopped investing
in the maintenance and repair of their own equipment,
and, instead, cut costs to enhance the value of
their stock rather than spending money to enhance
the value of their service.
-- Dennis Kucinich
of all, the Social Security money belongs to Main
Street, not to Wall Street. It needs to be said
very clearly here that privatization is off the
table... Social Security, as a matter of fact, is
a better investment now than the stock market. There’s
a higher return. There’s guaranteed cost-of-living
increases. Privatization you have to worry about
the value of your account.
-- Dennis Kucinich
is at the moment in the world a battle going on
between those who are pursuing materialistic paths—globalizers
of economic growth and those hell-bent on this
‘big is better’ idea—on the one hand, and on the
other hand those who are dedicated to spiritual
renewal, more small-scale development, more human
scale, more sustainability, more crafts and arts.
Where human beings are not just sold to companies
and money and those kinds of things. Where human
beings have a sacred path.
legislation of the government has been directed
rather to the protection of the rights of money
and property than to the best good of the citizen.
-- Susette LaFlesche
may be described as the science of arresting the
human intelligence long enough to get money from
it." -- Stephen Butler Leacock
see all these things that make you feel desperate
or sad, but you realize changes can be made, and
it doesn't take a lot of money on our part to
make a change in people's lives."
-- John Legend
focus on money and power may do wonders in the
marketplace, but it creates a tremendous crisis
in our society. People who have spent all day
learning how to sell themselves and to manipulate
others are in no position to form lasting friendships
or intimate relationships... Many Americans hunger
for a different kind of society -- one based on
principles of caring, ethical and spiritual sensitivity,
and communal solidarity. Their need for meaning
is just as intense as their need for economic
-- Michael Lerner
place of the Old Bottom Line of money and power,
a New Bottom Line of Love and Generosity is possible.
People of all faiths need to shape a political and
social movement that reaffirms the most generous,
peace-oriented, social justice-committed, and loving
truths of the spiritual heritage of the human race.
-- Rabbi Michael
see in the near future a crisis approaching that
unnerves me and causes me to tremble for the safety
of my country....corporations have been enthroned
and an era of corruption in high places will follow,
and the money of the country will endeavor to
prolong its reign by working upon the prejudices
of the people until all wealth is aggregated in
a few hands and the Republic is destroyed. I feel
at this moment more anxiety for the safety of
my country than ever before, even in the midst
-- Abraham Lincoln
political system is not for the people. The people
are secondary to the economy. It's about what
generates money, not about what benefits the people.
students I've been with these twenty years are
looking for a world where it becomes a little
easier to love and a lot harder to hate, where
learning nonviolence means that we dedicate
our hearts, minds, time, and money to a commitment
that the force of love, the force of truth,
the force of justice, and the force of organized
resistance to corrupt power are seen as sane
and the force of fists, guns, armies, and bombs
-- Colman McCarthy
is as endangered by surplus as it is by deficit.
If there is too much money floating around it
enables people to have no need of each other.
-- Bill McKibben
case for recycling is strong. The bottom line is
clear. Recycling requires a trivial amount of our
time. Recycling saves money and reduces pollution.
Recycling creates more jobs than landfilling or
incineration. And a largely ignored but very important
consideration, recycling reduces our need to dump
our garbage in someone else's backyard.
-- David Morris of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance
We could dramatically accelerate innovations in
sustainability and social justice just by making
choices to use our money for positive solutions.
-- Carol Newell
have an obligation and a responsibility to be
investing in our students and our schools. We
must make sure that people who have the grades,
the desire and the will, but not the money, can
still get the best education possible.
-- Barack Obama
day, water, sun, moon, night -- I do not have
to purchase these things with money.
advertisers spent the same amount of money on
improving their products as they do on advertising
then they wouldn't have to advertise them."
-- Will Rogers
is the art of convincing people to spend money
they don't have for something they don't need."
-- Will Rogers
Happiness is not in the mere possession of money;
it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill
of creative effort.
time has come to end this charade. The debts are
unaffordable. If they won't cancel the debts I
would suggest obstruction; you do it yourselves.
Africa should say: 'thank you very much but we
need this money to meet the needs of children
who are dying right now so we will put the debt
servicing payments into urgent social investment
in health, education, drinking water, control
of AIDS and other needs.'
-- Jeffrey Sachs
only way in which a nation can make itself wealthy
and prosperous is by good housekeeping: that is,
by providing for its wants in the order of their
importance, and allowing no money to be wasted
on whims and luxuries until necessities have been
-- George Bernard
policy of letting things alone, in the practical
sense that the Government should never interfere
with business or go into business itself, is called
Laisser-faire by economists and politicians. It
has broken down so completely in practice that it
is now discredited; but it was all the fashion in
politics a hundred years ago, and is still influentially
advocated by men of business and their backers who
naturally would like to be allowed to make money
as they please without regard to the interest of
-- George Bernard Shaw
global economy is a runaway train that is causing
more and more suffering in the world. The current
'profit before people' system is causing the gap
between the very rich and the very poor to grow
larger each year. In
order to transform the global economy into a true
global community, we need to create a Better World
Economy - an economic system that gives value
to other commodities besides money. Then we can
create more sustainable local, national and global
-- Robert Alan Silverstein
is all about making a positive difference in the
world by devoting your resources and your time
to causes you believe in. In my case, I like to
support causes where “a lot of good comes from
a little bit of good,” or, in other words, where
the positive social returns vastly exceed the
amount of time and money invested.”
-- Jeffrey Skoll
was the first price, the original purchase - money
that was paid for all things. It was not by gold
or by silver, but by labour, that all wealth of
the world was originally purchased."
-- Adam Smith
In the long run the purpose is to form a new security
system in a world when nobody goes hungry because
we spend money on armaments.
The essence of all slavery consists in taking the
product of another's labor by force. It is immaterial
whether this force be founded upon ownership of
the slave or ownership of the money that he must
get to live.
-- Leo Tolstoy
lack of money is the root of all evil.
-- Mark Twain
Markets and money must again become the servants
and not the masters of our vision and values.
-- Jakob von
mythology about the UN is absolutely breathtaking.
People believe it costs a great deal of money
to the United States. Completely untrue: it doesn't.
The United States makes a net gain. People believe
it's a world government, although the UN is a
pathetically weak organization which improvises
in emergencies to try to prevent the worst from
-- Sir Brian
is multidimensional. It extends beyond money incomes
to education, health care, political participation
and advancement of one's own culture and social
-- Atal Bihari
would be nice if the poor were to get even half of the
money that is spent in studying them."
-- Bill Vaughan
money help a man to do good to others, it is of
some value; but if not, it is simply a mass of evil,
and the sooner it is got rid of, the better.
- Swami Vivekananda
War and the preparation for war rob resources
from human security. As long as we honour war
and warriors we maintain fear and hate, always
based on ignorance; and fear is the enemy of learning,
it gives ignorance its power. As long as we misplace
money for weapons – we keep water polluted, we
keep far too many women illiterate and unskilled,
we prevent health care and education from being
universally enjoyed – we promote poverty. These
are among the root causes of violent conflict.
-- Cora Weiss
you focus on expands, and when you focus on the
goodness in your life, you create more of it.
Opportunities, relationships, even money flowed
my way when I learned to be grateful no matter
what happened in my life.
are risk takers, willing to roll the dice with
their money or reputations on the line in support
of an idea or enterprise.”
-- Victoria Woodhull